Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Conservative councillor suspended over racist Eurovision tweet

Conservative councillor suspended over racist Eurovision tweet

According to The Journal website the Conservative politician Nick Harrington has been temporarily suspended pending an investigation by the leader of Warwick Council.

The tweet, which appeared on the feed of Nick Harrington, who sits on Warwick District Council, contained offensive and racist language towards the Irish.

The Tory councillor has since deleted his Twitter account.

The BBC has attempted to get a comment from Mr Harrington.

A spokesperson for Warwickshire Police said: "Warwickshire Police can confirm that we have received a complaint regarding a tweet made by a man from Warwickshire".

"It is an ongoing investigation at the moment".

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Warwick District Council announced on Sunday that Harrington had been suspended by council leader Andrew Mobbs.

In a statement the council said: "We apologise unreservedly for the offence and upset that his comments have caused".

Surrey Police also said they have been "made aware" of Mr Harrington's tweet.

The disgraced councillor represents the Stoneleigh and Cubbington ward and is also director at Leamington based company Ambay Software.

"This behaviour is completely unacceptable".

"This councillor plays no part in the views, policies or thrust of our group", Mr Mobbs added.

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